Slips force boat ramp closure

Large slips are threatening coastal areas in the Western Bay and has now forced the closure of the Kauri Point boat ramp.

Vehicle access to the Kauri Point boat ramp and jetty is closed due to a large slip that occurred during Cyclone Cook last week. 

A 20 metre slip near the end of Chelmsford Street has resulted in partial loss of the road, which could take an estimated eight or more months to repair. 

Until then, the road is closed at its intersection with Kyber Pass. 

Council's Reserves and Facilities Manager, Peter Watson, says the nature of the slip and resulting damage mean it's not an easy fix. 

“Staff must first determine the best way to repair damage, then source funding and obtain all necessary consents prior to completing the work required.” 

The public is asked to stay away from the cordoned off slip site as there are tension cracks in the road, which suggest there could be further slips as the land settles, says Peter. 

Pedestrian access to the jetty, public toilets and boat ramp is available via a separate walking track at the end of Kyber Pass. 

Peter acknowledges regular users of the boat ramp will be inconvenienced. However, boat launching is available nearby at Ongare Point and Tanners Point. 

Drone footage obtained by SunLive shows the extent of slips in Omokoroa following Cyclone Debbie and Cyclone Cook. Watch the footge below.

1 Comment

Kauri Pt. slip

Posted on 20-04-2017 20:11 | By phoenix

Private enterprise company would have a new access road down to Boat Launch and wharf in 3/4 days NOT 8/9 months.How Long would it take western bay of plenty district council to clear slips at Kaikoura? 8/9 years.

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